KEPSA participated in the Linking Industry with Academia (LIWA) annual conference themed ‘Fostering Industry-Academia Linkages to Deliver Work-Ready Graduates’. The Conference was held on 5th December 2019 at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.
The conference brought together industry players and education trainers to deliberate on practical strategies to inform policy by the government to close the gap between industry and academia.
Dr. Manu Chandaria while giving his insights, noted that besides the youth being skillful, they also need to be hardworking and people of integrity. To foster linkages, he reiterated the need to have industry players in the University boards to drive curriculum towards industry needs. According to Dr. Chandaria, the paradigm shift to robotics, artificial intelligence and design learning is the future of education, therefore, it is critical for academia and industry to be aligned.
LIWA conducted research measuring Industry –Training institutions linkages and the key findings and recommendations of the study were shared in the conference. Ms. Bancy Ngatia – Project Manager LIWA noted that the study revealed that from the year 2015 partnerships established between the institutions and industry in terms of services to the community have been declining in compared to partnerships among academic institutions. This was attributed to parameters such as joint supervision of the Ph.D. programs, research consortia and long term research activities.
In conclusion, the study revealed that in the coming year most partnerships and linkages are expected in entrepreneurship education. This will augur well with the fact that linkages between industry and academia should be geared towards the creation of self-employment in the long run.